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Video captures the realistic and stereotype-free beauty trends of the 20th century

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Emily Badiozzaman
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In the last year, a number of talented make-up artists have captured the evolution of beauty looks in the last 100 years.

But while they are fascinating and make us nostalgic for the iconic looks from the past, one costume designer and fashion blogger says they are not wholly realistic.

Karolina Zebrowska from Poland says that aside from the Gibson girls of the 1900s, 40% of the factory work force at the time were women who wore their hair up in tighter and messier buns. 

Coexisting with flapper girls of the 1920s, were domestic workers (one in nine women worked in domestic service). They didn't wear embellished head bands or have their bobs in neat curls.

And Karolina doesn’t want us to forget that. She wants us to remember the real women of those times.

On her blog, she explained why she decided to make her own, more realistic, version of the videos that go viral:

"As a person interested in the history of fashion and beauty it really bugged me how inaccurate some of these are. The beauty standards they show are almost always our contemporary stereotypes of the past decades; for example, when it comes to the 1920s, it almost always is a partying, shiny flapper girl; when it comes to the 1950s, we always get pin-up. Not to mention that earlier eras (19th or 18th century) are rarely depicting truly historical beauty and fashion standards rather than creators' imagination."

Watch her stark reminder in the video below. 

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